X GAMES '05
FIVE FIRST-TIMERS WORTH WATCHING
TIM WOOD, 30, BMX Vert
The Aussie won the 2005 Asian X Games with a smooth 900, on his first shot at the trick. The win landed him an X Games invite; the nine landed him a rep. Can he medal? Sure, but heOll need a star run in one of the deepest fields of the Games.
RUSTY MALINOSKI, 21, Wakeboard
The young bro of Winter X SnoCrosser Robbie Malinoski, Rusty is a 6'1'', 210-pound former hockey player from Canada. A second-year pro, heOs strongest when conditions turn cold and nasty.
CHRIS COLE, 23, Skateboard Street
A video legend from Levittown, Pa., Cole rarely skates major contests. That should change. He flawlessly links skateOs toughest tricks, and insiders call him StreetOs best rider.
KIERAN HORN, 30, Surf
Horn surfed for Santa Cruz in the 2005 California Cup, so heOs comfortable with the team format used at the X Games. HeOll try to help the West team reverse a two-year winless run.
AILO GAUP, 26, Moto X Best Trick
The NorwegianOs signature trick is the Underflip: part backflip, part 360, part barrel roll, itOs a full-on gold medal trickNif he can land it off the monster jumps in LA.
2005 OR 1995? FOUR OLDSTERS TAKE A NEW X VIEW
CAREY HART Freestyle Moto Xer reverts to his racing boots with a SuperMoto run. He pulled off the track at a June race when girlfriend Pink proposed from the sideline. (He said yes.)
MAT HOFFMAN New event BMX Vert Best Trick has fired the stoke of the Condor, who retired in 2002. The best trick from the master may be ignoring knee pain to pedal to the start.
TONY HAWK Skate icon will add color on ESPNOs air of skate events. HeOll also drop in on the megaramp during practice. Will he ride when it counts? Says Hawk: OIOm not competing.O
CHRISTIAN HOSOI He passed on his 1995 X invite while hiding from the law. But the skate god served his time and will finally make his full X debutNannouncing for skate events.
A TRIO OF COMPETITORS WILL TRY TO BE THE FIRST TO THREE-PEAT IN THEIR SPORT
THE ATHLETES/THE SPORT/THE CASE FOR TREY
DALLAS FRIDAY WOMEN'S WAKEBOARD In addition to three X golds (two in a row), Friday has won every stop on the 2005 pro tour by margins so huge, she says sheOs bored.
BUCKY LASEK SKATEBOARD VERT LASEK HAS BEEN RIPPING IN 2005, WITH WINS AT GRAVITY ("MY BEST RUN EVER") AND A GOLD AND SILVER IN TWO DEW TOUR STOPS.
EAST COAST TEAM SURF THE RIGHT COAST SENDS FLORIDA'S HEAVIEST HITTERS, INCLUDING KELLY SLATER, THE HOBGOOD TWINS AND THE BROTHERS LOPEZ. THE EAST SPORTS THREE ASP TOP-10 SURFErS TO THE WEST'S DOUGHNUT.
WE SCREEN THE RUMORS TO PREDICT THE HOT MOVES OF X
TRICK| WHAT IT IS|WHO COULD PULL IT
MOTO| Boday vial|You flip or spin, the bike doesn't|Chuck Carothers, Kenny Bartram
WAKE | 1080|540 times two|Phillip Soven, Danny Harf, Josh Sanders
BMX | Front flip variation A front flip with a "twist" Ryan Guettler, Scotty Cranmer, Corey Bohan
BMX | Triple tailwhip on Vert Three spins of the bike's backside Dave Mirra
BMX | Front flip falir on Vert|Front flip 180|Kevin Robinson
SKATE | The plunge in Big Air|Dropping in from the 80-foot-roll-in|Danny Way, Jason Ellis
ONCE AGAIN, THE MOTO CREW IS PRIMED TO STEAL THE SHOWNWITHOUT CEREMONY
CAKE TOPPER Travis Pastrana was expected to throw the double backflip at 2004 X, but bailed after a slam. He wonOt launch the monster in 2005, eitherNjust the opening Kenny Bartram needs to stay the summerOs Freestyle hottie.
BEST MAN Jeremy Stenberg finished second at four 2005 comps, and heOs not alone in thinking he was jilted. But donOt think of calling him a bridesmaid.
OLD SuperMotoOs Jeff Ward, the oldest X athlete (44), is fresh off an Indy 500 run.
NEW SuperMoto makes pit stops mandatory. Tire change required; no power tools allowed.
BORROWED Eight of 10 riders in Moto X Freestyle have daily access to foam pits, but Beau Bamburg and Ronnie Renner must travel for loaned foam.
BLACK AND BLUE In the past year alone, Moto X stars have felt the pain. Mike Metzger lost a testicle, Nate Adams broke a leg and Brian Deegan lost a kidney. All will ride at X.